Sonic Wells – forging links between Australia, Turkey, and New Zealand

Sonic Wells will connect New Zealand, Australia and Turkey through communal sound ‘wells’ in Wellington, Sydney and Çanakkale, Gallipoli.

Person looking into a well on Cuba Street.

Sonic Well on Cuba Street

Each of the three wells will transmit audio clear enough for people to be able to hold conversations from one location to another.

Artist Allan Giddy is the grandson of a New Zealand Anzac and is looking forward to being able to connect Turks, New Zealanders and Australians.

“People will be able to talk with loved ones who have gathered at the sister well ‘at home’,” says Allen. “Share their experiences, contemplating and honouring the lives and memories of their ANZAC relatives.”

This is a story of three nations brought together in adversity, who have since forged strong links out of this experience and who continue to build a history together.

Allen Giddy first presented a sonic well as a way to connect Beijing to Sydney during the Beijing Olympics. His body of work has been shown at the Tate Modern, ISEA and TISEA (International Symposia on Electronic Art) and includes large public commissions in Australia, China, Ireland, Germany, the UK, and New Zealand.